Taking Flight

Over the past five years, as I gained confidence year by year, I have pushed myself to do things I would have been scared to do during the first year of my stroke. Going out and about on my own was the first major milestone I reached in my journey to independence and recovery in … Continue reading Taking Flight

The Unexpected Five Year Plan

Five years ago, today (November 29th, 2012), my life changed. I was working in an industry that I really liked, enjoying life and had some sort of direction, up until I had my stroke     Five years ago, I really did not have a long-term plan for my life, I just took it day … Continue reading The Unexpected Five Year Plan

Live in the Moment

People often forget to embrace the moment and live in it. It’s unfortunate to miss the beauty of a single moment as you may not get it back.     When having physical deficits, it is very liberating to make impulse decisions and act upon them. I try not to make plans, but rather take … Continue reading Live in the Moment

The New Role

When I started my return to work journey last year, I had no clue where it would take me. First, I started with a placement for 8 weeks, and then the company I work for created a position for me to return to work full-time.   At the time of my placement, the office had … Continue reading The New Role

WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU

I used to play a lot of sports and had a very active lifestyle. The first goal in my recovery was to get back on my feet. It was important to me to be mobile. I did not want to depend on anyone to get from point A to point B. Everyone has different priorities. … Continue reading WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU

FINDING YOUR DRIVE

In life, it’s important to have some sort of drive which motivates you and inspires you to get to where you want to be. At the end of the day, it is the why. After my stroke, I had no clue what the future would hold for me, so I decided I would go after … Continue reading FINDING YOUR DRIVE

TAKE YOUR TIME

  Recovery is something that cannot be rushed. The main reason I get through my day-to-day activities smoothly is because I take my time to plan and complete tasks. I never make abrupt decisions, I always take a little bit of time to process my thoughts before making a move or decision. This way I … Continue reading TAKE YOUR TIME

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

It’s been four years since I had my stroke. If there is one thing I have realized, it is that I am truly blessed. I was at the right place at the right time when all my signs and symptoms started to surface. I ended up at a great hospital and in good hands.   … Continue reading COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

OVERCOMING FRUSTRATION

On the road to recovery, it is easy to get frustrated and lose patience. It is up to you to relax yourself and calm your mind. Frustration is not going to help you; it might just overwhelm you. Since I had experienced seizures post-stroke, I try to keep my mind from overreacting, because we never … Continue reading OVERCOMING FRUSTRATION

MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day; if you take advantage of the time you have you will end up making it count towards your progress, be it in recovery or life in general.   Even though it takes me a little longer than the average person to complete certain tasks, I still … Continue reading MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT